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Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students

Sale of soups, ceramics soulfully benefits food pantry

The table is set, making mealtime better for those in need.
The table is set, making mealtime better for those in need.
Campus artisans provided unique wares ...
Campus artisans provided unique wares …
... for a ceramic art sale that added to the fundraiser's success.
… for a ceramic art sale that added to the fundraiser’s success.

Dining Services held its third annual Soup for the Soul event on Thursday, raising more than $1,100 to benefit The Cupboard. For an $8 donation, participants chose a handcrafted bowl and enjoyed a meal of chicken tortilla or cheddar broccoli soup, roll, dessert and beverage. A ceramic art sale was held in conjunction with the benefit meal, featuring such items as mugs, pitchers, wall hangings and tiny statues. Bowls and art pieces were made and donated by instructor David A. Stabley and students in his ceramic and wood sculpture classes. For more information on the food pantry, housed on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center (Room 105H, at the rear of CC Commons), email The Cupboard or visit the Dining Services portal page.
Photos by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director, Dining Services

6 hours ago
General Information

Service to be scheduled for former foundation member

Philip R. Boob Sr.A celebration-of-life ceremony will be held in the spring for Philip R. Boob Sr., a former member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, who died Monday, Oct. 19, at age 80. The Montoursville resident enjoyed a full career in aviation, with employment at Airmotive Corp. in Lock Haven; at Piper Aircraft there and in Vero Beach, Florida; and as president of Textron’s Lycoming Division from 1984-97. He served on the foundation board from 1993 to 2005, and on its executive committee from 1995 to 2003. A full obituary, including details on making contributions to a memorial scholarship to benefit aviation students, was published in Wednesday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

8 hours ago
Students

‘Challenging year’ no obstacle to THON fundraising

"100 Days 100 Donors"Penn College’s THON chapter wraps up its first fundraiser of a difficult season on Nov. 8, hoping to recruit “100 donors in 100 days” for the Four Diamonds fight against childhood cancer. The student organization, led by construction management major Rudy C. Shadle, of Mechanicsburg, is soliciting contributions to send dancers to Penn State THON 2021 (tentatively set for Feb. 19-21), a 46-hour “no sleeping, no sitting” marathon on the University Park campus. “Although a challenging year, we have adapted and overcome to still be on track for one of our best fundraising years yet for Penn College,” said Shadle, who was joined at the 2020 event by Bria O. Schneider, an occupational therapy assistant student from York. “We had a lot of new membership and engagement throughout the semester. We now look to keep the momentum going, as we have four more months to fundraise.”

2 days ago
Alumni Aviation Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

College provides invaluable assist during airport ’emergency’

Jets of water shoot from airport-owned apparatus.

Penn College students, faculty and equipment were integral to Saturday’s simulated emergency at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. A triennial requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration, this year’s drill featured a smoky runway collision that allowed crews the opportunity to test the strengths and weaknesses of their response systems. Matthew D. Krepps, an instructor of aviation maintenance technology, coordinated the college’s involvement in the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority exercise, which included student “victims” and two planes from the Lumley Aviation Center’s instructional fleet: a recently donated CL-600 Challenger corporate jet and an older Sabreliner aircraft. A fog machine was used in the latter plane to obscure the vision of rescue workers without using actual smoke that would choke the student volunteers acting as injured passengers.

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General Information

Penn College offering free FAFSA assistance

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is providing assistance for current and future college students and their families to complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, federal loans and some scholarships. The college is hosting a free FAFSA completion group session on its main campus and offering one-on-one help in the Financial Aid Office.

Registration is required for both options.

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3 days ago
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Eyeing a better new year, student-athletes persevere in ‘preseason’

During a normal October, Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball players and wrestlers are highly anticipating their November season openers.

Not this year.

After the college and the North Eastern Athletic Conference announced that it had postponed all winter sports through the rest of 2020, Wildcat coaches and athletes are taking a different approach while holding out hope that competition can begin after the new year.

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3 days ago
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Guest readers celebrate child care center’s vital mission

The president visits with "Birds" at the CLC. (Photo by Tiffany L. Tyhanic, Children's Learning Center group leader)
The president visits with “Birds” at the CLC. (Photo by Tiffany L. Tyhanic, Children’s Learning Center group leader)

In honor of “Celebrating Campus Children’s Centers Week” (Oct. 5-9), Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour visited the Dunham Children’s Learning Center to read the story “Fall Leaves Fall!” to children.

In return, children from the Birds Nest presented Gilmour with a thank-you card that looked just like the owls they had made in class.

The Bears Bunch also had a guest reader as part of the celebration. Hillary E. Hofstrom, the college’s vice president for human resources, and a past parent of the center, read the book “Duncan and Delores.”

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October 15, 2020
Dining Services Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Dining Services’ COVID response noted in national trade publication

Campus Dining Today

Penn College Dining Services’ efforts to maintain continuity during the coronavirus pandemic, both during a spring shutdown and after in-person instruction resumed with the fall semester, are featured in the Summer 2020 cover story of Campus Dining Today, published by The National Association of College & University Food Services: Campus Dining Today

October 14, 2020
Students

Students’ resilience cited in SGA midterm recap

Penn College Student Government AssociationPenn College’s Student Government Association has issued a midsemester “highlight reel,” detailing its advocacy for students across campus during the challenging year to date.

Among topics in the wide-ranging compendium by SGA President Ethan M. McKenzie are the appointment of senators and officers at the start of the 2020-21 academic year, the establishment of new committees (and reactivation of dormant ones) to address student issues, connection with college departments through town-hall meetings and other outreach, and recognition of students’ compliance in the face of COVID-19.

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October 14, 2020
Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Alum’s gift transforms Penn College’s machining lab

Students majoring in one of five manufacturing-related degrees are benefiting from a gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology, featured in a YouTube video. Larry A. Ward, founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., made a donation exceeding $1 million to revamp the college’s machining lab – the largest alumni gift in the college’s history. Ward’s generosity has resulted in fresh paint, lighting, fixtures and 50 new machines for the 14,299-square-foot instructional space. “It’s just completely transformed the entire lab,” says Dakota C. Harrison, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Lewisberry. “And we really couldn’t have done it without Mr. Ward.”

 

October 13, 2020
General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

EMT course scheduled at four area sites for spring semester

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 19 and running through early May, will be offered at four locations by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and is intended to prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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October 13, 2020
Events Students

Coming ‘home’ to hands-on happiness

Serena V. Bergeron, an automotive technology management: collision repair concentration student from Lansdale, stuffs a plush leopard takeaway near a canopy of fall foliage.

The Homecoming and Parent & Family Celebration, while not unaffected by lingering COVID-19 accommodations, still managed to further the unique sense of belonging among Penn College students and graduates. Alumni could connect virtually to their alma mater through several events, and a variety of on-campus activities for current enrollees – both over the weekend and during the days immediately before – brought a pervasive collegiality to the autumn air.

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